Runny Babbit

Bookmarking Schools of Thought

This is my genetic material at work.

When I was in college I highlighted about one-third of each of my textbooks, even if they were already highlighted by the generations of students who had the book before me. The Husband, on the other hand, comes from the Minimalist School of Bookmarking/Highlighting. If the book was already highlighted, he would rarely add anything, and if he was the first one into a pristine textbook, you would have to hunt carefully to find his notations. If I had to guess, I’d say he highlighted no more than one or two sentences per chapter. Weird, right?

Thankfully, my gene is dominant, as you can see from the photo.

The Maker loves poetry, and he’s a huge fan of Shel Silverstein in particular. He gets hours of enjoyment trying to puzzle out Runny Babbit (which we purchased as soon as it came out), and he recently brought home Falling Up from the local library.

His bookmarks are color-coded (blue = favorites, pink = most favorites) and systematically laid out in ever-increasing height so that they are easily accessed. (That’s his father’s genetic material.)

I actually counted the bookmarks — there are 47 of them, in a book that only has 170 pages total.

Post-its are awesome. But just wait ’til he discovers Delicious.

, , , , , , , , ,

2 Responses to Bookmarking Schools of Thought

  1. Sine Botchen August 12, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    I’m less of a highlighter and more of a noter. I enjoy being able to add my own commentary.

    Speaking of Shel Silverstein.. it was just the other day that I learned he wrote a lot of the songs performed by Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show such as “Cover of the Rolling Stone”. That, I did not know. (Now I’m gonna have “Sylvia’s Mother” stuck in my head for the rest of the afternoon.)

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe August 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

      No way!

      Oh, yeah. All riiight. Sharin’ the niiiight together, wo-oh. Don’t tell anybody but I still like that song, I really do. Did Shel write that one I wonder?

      Scuse me while I google…

      Hm, don’t think so, but he did “The Unicorn” and Johnny Cash’s “Boy Named Sue” (those both sound like Shel). That’s wild.

      Great tidbit — you’re an awesome commenter. Name yer prize, pardner!

Leave a Reply